Energy Efficiency and Comfort Features
  • owner/builder is HVAC engineer and expert in energy efficient home design

  • electricity usage averages 900 kwh/month or about $75 (!)

  • passive solar design minimizes heating and cooling costs

  • high efficiency windows (Anderson low-maintenance casement with low-e argon glass)

  • unique 2x6 wall system designed in consultation with Joe Lstiburek, a nationally recognized building scientist

  • energy efficient woodstove with outside combustion air vent

  • high efficiency Lennox heat pump with quiet scroll compressor

  • zoned air distribution system maintains good temperature balance between floors

  • ducts and air handler located within conditioned space

  • return ducts or transfer grills in all rooms

  • tight building envelope with mechanical ventilation system

  • high-efficiency electronic air cleaner

  • high efficiency natural gas water heater (85% recovery efficiency, 0.62 EF)